Byron Kim

KimByron Kim was born in 1961 in La Jolla, California. He graduated from Yale University in 1983 and then the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1987. His most famous work, Synecdoche, has been featured in the permanent collection at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and on loan to other museums, like MoMA. This piece makes one think about skin color and how it relates to a person’s identity. His works are mostly minimalist and abstract, in which he deals with the idea of race and identity through the color of the skin. The piece at Colby College, Blue Nights, is not part of that series, but in fact represents the Brooklyn night sky. He is currently working as a Senior Critic at Yale University.